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New Spider Species Discovered, Looks Very Similar To The Sorting Hat Of 'Harry Potter'

Travelers Today       By    Chen Gomez

Updated: Dec 13, 2016 10:23 AM EST

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Recently, a new species of spider was discovered by entomologists in the southwest part of India. What's special about this little critter is it looks very similar to the famous Sorting Hat of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the world-famous British novelist, J.K. Rowling's popular fantasy novel series about a group of young wizard friends and their magic-filled adventures, "Harry Potter".

According to the Verge, the new arachnid species is called the Eriovixia gryffindori, which was named after Harry Potter novel character Godric Gryffindor. The ones who came up with the name for the new discovered spider were three scientists from Mumbai. More information about the spider were described and printed in the Indian Journal of Arachnology.

As stated in an article by news.com.au, the three scientists who discovered the arachnid described it as "uniquely shaped" and it was named after the owner of Hogwarts' Sorting Hat, who was "the medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and stemming from the powerful imagination of Ms. J. K. Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone's favorite boy-wizard, Harry Potter". The scientists added in the spider's description, as inscribed in the book, that it was "an ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives."

Famous novelist J.K. Rowling was delighted about the discovery of the new spider species and felt honored that it was named after her most wonderful pieces. "I'm truly honoured! Congratulations on discovering another #FantasticBeast!" Rowling commented via Twitter. The spider's dark brown color, which helps it blend in with the dried leaves in its habitat, and its pointy-shaped body, makes it look a lot like a witch's hat. It measures 7 millimeters in length and it was said to be non-venomous.

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